MTV2 is bringing back the classic game show Hollywood Squares, but with a modern twist.
The cable network has secured the rights to the comedic tic-tac-toe format for a new series titled Hip Hop Squares. In the show, charismatic personalities from the world of hip hop will populate the show’s nine quadrants. Contestants facing a wide range of trivia questions will seek help from the performers to try and discover clues about the correct answers.
The show has lined up personality Nick Cannon; Jackass crew member Bam Margera; actress Kat Graham; artist DJ Khaled; rappers Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Mac Miller and MGK; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley and others to fill the squares.
“They cross the spectrum from musicians and celebrities to athletes and causal fans of hip hop,” says Paul Ricci, MTV2′s programming chief. “The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’.”
Hollywood Squares has had four previous incarnations over the years, the most recent hosted by Tom Bergeron in 2004. Hip Hop Squares will launch with an initial 10-episode run on MTV2 starting Tuesday, May 22 at 11 p.m., with a second 10-episode run to air at a later date.
The show will be part of MTV2 male-skewing programming block on Tuesday nights. The block kicked off with the launch of MTV2′s Guy Code, a show that delivered the network’s highest ratings ever. The network also recently added stunt-show Nitro Circus to the mix.